The widow of a Holocaust survivor sobs in the repair shop when her husband’s child transport box is restored.
On today’s episode (Jan. 27) of the popular BBC program, Rose and her sister Linda from Essex are bringing a special box that accompanied a boy fleeing Europe before World War II.
Rose explains that it belonged to her husband Jim, who died 10 years ago – and that he had it with him when he was saved from a fate in the concentration camps.
What does Rose say about the Kindertransport-Box in The Repair Shop?
Rose speaks to Jay Blades and the expert Suzie Fletcher on the show: “It’s Jim’s box, Jim was my husband, unfortunately he passed away 10 years ago.
“But this is his box, he has kept his treasures, which he called from the family.”
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She adds: “It came with the first Kindertransport from Hamburg, which was a refugee transport from National Socialist Germany for Jewish children.”
Kindertransport was a nine-month British rescue mission carried out across Europe prior to World War II.
Around 10,000 young people fled the Nazi-occupied countries and settled in Great Britain as part of the program.
Rose says: “[Jim] was 13 years old and was sponsored to help parents in Northern Ireland. “
Tragically, Jim’s family were all murdered after he escaped.
The tragic fate of Jim’s parents and sister
Rose continues: “He had a sister and she was not doing well at the time, so she stayed with her parents and unfortunately it wasn’t long before they were taken to concentration camps and then got lost in the gas chambers in Poland. “
It’s Jim, yeah … while I have that, I always have Jim.
Jay asks what he was like and Rose tells him, “He was very popular, I can honestly say that.”
“We loved him, didn’t we,” says Linda.
Rose met her husband while he was working on a farm and they married in 1947.
The box was always valuable to him, she explains. It was the only tangible thing his parents had touched.
Rose’s tears in the workshop
Later in the episode, when Suzie reveals the newly renovated box, Rose gets emotional.
She runs her hand over the intricate work on the lid of the box: “Oh, I can’t believe it, it’s like this … look at it.”
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When she sees it, she sobs and says to Suzie, “I don’t believe it, I’ve never seen it look like this. Oh, I can’t thank you enough. “
She then says, wiping away a tear, “It’s Jim, yes … while I have that, I always have Jim.”
Suzie, who is happy with the result, replies, “Not only was it a privilege and a pleasure to do this, given the immense story behind it, but it was the icing on the cake for me to work on such a beautiful piece Smile, that’s all. “
– The Repair Shop will air on BBC One at 8pm tonight
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